Pakistan seamer Mohammad Abbas likely to miss deciding Test against New Zealand

Waseem Ahmed 30/11/2018
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Mohammad Abbas could miss the deciding Test at Abu Dhabi.

Pakistan will most likely have to do without the services of Mohammad Abbas in the deciding Test against New Zealand with the seamer nursing an injured shoulder.

Abbas had injured his shoulder while fielding in Pakistan victory by an innings and 16 runs in the second Test at Dubai. The 28-year-old had played through the Test with the help of painkillers before being sent for a scan on Wednesday.

According to a report by ESPNcricinfo, the Pakistan man’s injured shoulder could require a recuperation period of three to four weeks which would rule him of the decider which gets underway at Abu Dhabi on December 3.

Abbas, however, is expected to be fit in time for Pakistan’s opening Test against South Africa at the Centurion which gets underway on Boxing Day.

“(Abbas) underwent a scan on Wednesday which confirmed an injury to his shoulder,” the PCB stated.

“He will undergo further clinical assessment before we make a final decision regarding his availability for the 3rd Test.”

Shaheen Afridi could take Abbas' place in the decider.

Shaheen Afridi could take Abbas’ place in the decider.

The prolific seamer has made a sensational start to his international career after making his debut last year, picking up 59 wickets in just 10 Tests coming into the series against New Zealand.

Abbas has, however, been unable to pick up any wickets in his last three innings after picking up 2-13 in the first innings of the opening Test at Abu Dhabi.

With Abbas now likely to miss the decider, Pakistan could hand a Test debut to teenage pacer Shaheen Afridi. Pakistan and the Kiwis are locked at 1-1 in the three-match series after Kane Williamson’s men won the opener by four runs before tasting an innings defeat at Dubai.

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India's bowlers made to toil on day three of tour game against Cricket Australia XI

Sudhir Gupta 30/11/2018
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A tough day in the field for India at Sydney.

It wasn’t the best of days for India on the field with Prithvi Shaw’s injury marring the third day’s play in the four-day warm-up clash against Cricket Australia XI at Sydney.

Shaw suffered an ankle injury as India’s bowlers were made to toil by the hosts at the Sydney Cricket Ground. After India had posted 358 in their first innings, Cricket Australia XI’s batsmen responded strongly with the bat and were placed at 365-6 when stumps were drawn on Friday.

CA XI openers D’Arcy Short (74) and Max Bryant (62) put on a 114-run stand for the opening wicket before the latter became the first wicket to fall on day three with Mohammed Shami bagging the scalp.

Handy contributions from Jake Carder (38) and skipper Sam Whiteman (35) propelled the hosts’ innings further before India’s bowlers hit back with a flurry of wicket. From 213-1, CA XI were reduced to 234-6 by the visitors with Shami picking up two more wickets.

However, wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen and Aaron Hardie then made Virat Kohli’s men endure a frustrating final session with an unbroken 122-run stand. Both the batsmen registered their respective half-centuries as the hosts ended the day strongly and just two runs behind India’s first innings total.

Harry Nielsen was unbeaten on 56 for the hosts.

Harry Nielsen was unbeaten on 56 for the hosts.

While Shami returned with figures of 3-67, the rest of Indian bowling card had a frustrating day on the field with Ishant Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja going wicketless.

Meanwhile, the BCCI later confirmed in a statement that Shaw’s ankle injury will rule him out of the first Test against Australia which gets underway at the Adelaide Oval on December 6.

BRIEF SCORES

India first innings: 358

Cricket Australia XI first innings: 356-6

D’Arcy Short – 74 (91)

Aaron Hardie – 69no (121)

Mohammed Shami: 3-67 (18 overs)

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India opening batsman Prithvi Shaw ruled out of first Test against Australia

Sudhir Gupta 30/11/2018
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A painful one for young Prithvi Shaw.

India were dealt a big blow on Friday with young opening batsman Prithvi Shaw being ruled out of the first Test against Australia due to an ankle injury he sustained in the ongoing warm up game against Cricket Australia XI.

The youngster injured himself on the third day of the tour match as he attempted to take a catch on the deep mid-wicket boundary. Getting into position to claim the catch of Max Bryant, Shaw went over his ankle as he tried to keep himself inside the boundary ropes at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The 19-year-old was immediately attended to by the Indian team’s physio before being taken off the field in visible pain. Shaw was rushed to the hospital for scans and later returned to the stadium on crutches.

“Shaw underwent scans this morning and the reports revealed a lateral ligament injury,” the BCCI said in a statement.

“Shaw will be unavailable for the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.

“He will undergo an intensive rehabilitation program to hasten the recovery and be available for selection at the earliest.”

The Mumbai-born teenager was a certainty to open for India in the first Test at Adelaide which gets underway on December 6. The right-hander will also face a race against time to get fit for the second Test of the series which starts at Perth on December 14.

With his injury, India could open with Murali Vijay and KL Rahul at the Adelaide Oval. The BCCI is yet to announce a replacement for the youngster but Shikhar Dhawan and the uncapped Mayan Agarwal could be in the fray should they decide to do so.

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